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What to Know Before you Whiten your Teeth

by James Webster on March 6, 2018 , Comments Off on What to Know Before you Whiten your Teeth

Have you noticed your teeth looking a little more yellow than you would like lately? Have you considered various whitening treatments to get that gorgeous smile you have always hoped for? Before you start the process of whitening your teeth there are some things the Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork want you to know.

 

You Need to Start with Healthy Teeth

Whitening your teeth when you have gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, crooked teeth, gum recession, or other untreated issues can cause further pain and problems, plus you’ll have wasted your time and money since the whitening likely won’t take on damaged teeth. You need to have these dental issues addressed and fixed before you can think about having your teeth whitened.

 

Whitening could cause Sensitive Teeth

One common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity in the 24 hours after your teeth have been exposed to whitening gel. You can take a pain reliever like ibuprofen if the sensitivity is too much to bear. The symptoms should resolve within the 24 hour period. If this isn’t the case make sure you give your dentist a call.

 

It’s Not a Once in a Life Time Procedure

Teeth are always yellowing as part of the aging process. They’re also always becoming stained by the foods and drinks we consume. No matter where or how you whiten your teeth, it won’t last forever. Most results last from 6 months up to 2 years.

 

Your Results will Vary

The results you get depend on what your teeth were like when you started. The better you’ve cared for your teeth, the greater the results. If you have kept up on your dental appointments, brushed and flossed regularly, and avoided damage and discoloration, the whiter your teeth will appear after treatment.

 

For more advice regarding teeth whitening procedures you can call us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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Interesting Facts about Teeth

by James Webster on February 6, 2018 , Comments Off on Interesting Facts about Teeth

Going to the dentist definitely isn’t the most fun or interesting thing to do in a day. But we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some very interesting facts when it comes to your teeth. Check out these little known facts below.

 

  • The average person spends about 45-50 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for 2-3 minutes. When brushing your teeth, it helps to listen to your favorite song to make sure you brush long enough.
  • Flossing once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years!
  • Ever notice that the toothbrush colors in the store are mostly shades of blue and green? Studies have shown that blue tooth brushes are sold more often than red ones.
  • Did you know that periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35? 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Still, we don’t recommended to use your teeth as a tool to open things.
  • Sugar begins attacking the tooth, but the real cause for cavities are acid and bacteria.
  • Seventy-three percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss. Yet flossing is one of the most beneficial practices you can do to maintain your teeth health.
  • Placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more harmful because bacteria favors moist environments. Uncap your toothbrush to limit the possibility of bacteria growth.
  • Kids get cavities between teeth while adults usually get cavities on the biting surface of teeth.

 

For more interesting facts about your teeth you will definitely want to schedule an appointment with the experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We can provide you with some interesting facts while making sure your teeth are in tip-top shape. Call us today!

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Facts about Sedation Dentistry

by James Webster on January 16, 2018 , Comments Off on Facts about Sedation Dentistry

Has your fear of the dentist gotten out of control lately? So much so that you haven’t been keeping your yearly appointments? Perhaps you need a dental procedure done that requires some sedation. Either way, we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT want you to be informed about Sedation Dentistry and what is usually involved. You can see the most common facts about sedation dentistry listed below.

 

Methods of Sedation

There are four methods for sedating a patient during an in-office dental procedure: anxiolytic or minimal sedation; conscious/moderate sedation; deep sedation; and finally, general anesthesia. Each one is tailored to the amount of dental work needing to be done. Your skilled dentist will determine which method is best for you and your health while still being able to alleviate some of the pain you might feel.

 

The Dentist Remains in the Room

When administering IV conscious sedation to a patient, the dentist must usually remain in the room with that patient at all times. Under these circumstances, dentists cannot resume their normal routine where they may be practicing in more than one chair at the same time. When practicing IV moderate sedation dentistry, the dentist is usually with one patient at a time from start to finish. Dentists are required to have a current license and meet all of the requirement to use sedation dentistry, so you can rest easy knowing that you are being taken care of by a practiced professional.

 

Ensuring Safety

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective thanks to the methods of sedation and the training required for you dentist to be able to practice sedation dentistry. One of the main reasons is that throughout the sedation you are slowly titrating drugs into the patient’s system, as opposed to pushing a set amount of a drug all at once. As you are titrating medication, you are continually monitoring the patient to determine if more or less medication is needed to achieve the desired sedative effect throughout a given dental procedure.

 

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry and how it is used make sure you call Roger’s Center for Dentistry for more information. An appointment with one of our dentists can help to alleviate any of the fear or concerns you may have.

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Signs you Need to See Your Dentist

by James Webster on December 5, 2017 , Comments Off on Signs you Need to See Your Dentist

Have you been wondering if it is time to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah? If you have been concerned about your oral health or you can’t seem to remember the last time you had a dentist appointment you might want to consider making an appointment. Below are some tell-tale signs that you should be making an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

 

A Sore that won’t heal

If you notice a mouth sore, a lump or a red or pale patch of skin on your tongue, cheek or gum, keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t go away, see your dentist. This could be a sign of something serious when it comes to your oral health. An earlier diagnosis of oral cancer means a much better chance of recovery. That’s why dental professionals should do a cancer screening at your regular visits, even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms. And you can check yourself at home once a month. Ask your dental care providers how to do a self-exam.

 

Pain and/or Swelling

If you have unexplained pain or puffiness in your mouth that persists for a couple of days you will want to make an appointment with your dentist. Their expertise will help you to know the cause and the proper way to heal the pain and/or swelling. It could be a sign of infection, decay, gum disease or a cracked tooth. Left untreated, these problems can worsen and even lead to tooth loss.

 

Loose Teeth

Occasionally, a loose tooth can be a sign of oral cancer or gum disease. An accidental impact to your mouth can also loosen a tooth or two. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore a tooth that’s less than solid, because that’s not normal for adults. You will want to get it fixed sooner rather than later.

 

If you find any of the above signs or symptoms it is always a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah. We can get you back on the right track when it comes to your oral health.

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How to Keep your Teeth Healthy over the Holidays

by James Webster on November 7, 2017 , Comments Off on How to Keep your Teeth Healthy over the Holidays

The holiday season comes with a lot of tasty treats to nibble on. To help you in keeping your oral health in tip top shape we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some tips to help you in keeping your teeth healthy over the holidays.

 

Don’t Crack Nuts using your Teeth

The Nutcrackers are out this time of year for a reason. All those tasty holiday nuts will need some help when it comes to cracking their shell and your teeth are not the solution. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth.

 

Pass on the Chewy Treats

Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.

 

Avoid Chewing on Hard Candy

Chewing on your hard candy treats can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. When you’re enjoying a sweet let it dissolve naturally. Better yet, skip the hard candies altogether.

 

Use Tools to Open Packaging

While opening the gifts you are bound to receive this holiday season you will want to have a knife or pair of scissors close by. It may be tempting to use your teeth to tear apart hard plastics or gift wrapping but it can cause you more pain in the long run. Your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal or crown.

 

Your teeth can take a beating this holiday season, but if you follow the tips above you can avoid any of the hazards that may present themselves over the holidays. Remember to always follow up each yummy treat with a good brushing session and don’t forget to floss. Consult with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork for more oral health care tips.

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How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

by James Webster on October 10, 2017 , Comments Off on How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

Getting braces will help you to achieve the smile you always wanted, this is as long as you still have good dental hygiene throughout the process. Roger’s Center for Dentistry can help you in the process of maintaining your good dental hygiene while you have braces. Follow the tips below to help you in properly brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Start the brushing process by first rinsing out your mouth to get some of the loose food particles out of your mouth.
  2. Clean your toothbrush with hot water to remove any food particles from your previous brushing.
  3. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Be sure to brush between the wiring and the teeth. You also want to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces.
  4. Brush your teeth for at least 2 or 3 minutes getting every surface of your teeth and gums.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
  6. To keep your teeth thoroughly clean make sure you brush after each meal to remove food particles. If you don’t have time to brush try to at least swish out your mouth with water.

 

Now that you have finished brushing your teeth, you can continue good oral hygiene by flossing your teeth.

 

  1. Thread the floss under the archwire.
  2. Remove the threader.
  3. Floss each side of each tooth in the space.
  4. Pull the floss out of the space with one hand as you release the floss with your other hand.
  5. Repeat this method between all of your teeth.

 

Following the steps above and doing it every day at least twice a day will help you to maintain good oral hygiene while you have braces. While it might be an adjustment at first you will soon get used to this new process. For more tips on oral hygiene and braces make sure you make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork.

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Signs you Might Need Braces

by James Webster on September 5, 2017 , Comments Off on Signs you Might Need Braces

A lot of people these days have or have had braces. Braces are great when you are experiencing some of the signs we have gathered below to let you know braces could be in your future. You can trust the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT to give you the best when it comes to your oral health care. Look over the signs we have provided below to help you in deciding if braces are right for you.

 

Crowding

Crowding basically means that there is insufficient space in the mouth for all the teeth. Without the proper room for all those teeth, the teeth crowd each other resulting in crooked teeth. Unfortunately, crowding tends to get worse over time and can make even the simple task of brushing and flossing more complicated, requiring more time and effort to clean all teeth properly. If the problem isn’t addressed you could have some serious oral health issues arise. If caught early enough in children the crowding issue can easily be fixed. The issue can still be fixed in adults with the help of our experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT.

 

Overbite

An overbite refers to the vertical and horizontal overlap of the front teeth. The severity of the overbite can vary but an overbite is usually noticeable when the front teeth stick out much farther than the bottom teeth. Depending on the severity of the overbite you could experience other discomfort and oral health issues.

 

Underbite

An underbite is an abnormal bite in which all the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. This sign is usually associated with disproportionate jaw size and may cause the following issues:

 

  • Imbalanced facial appearance
  • Accelerated facial ageing
  • Difficulty biting and chewing

 

The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry can easily asses your oral health needs and help you in determining if braces are right for you. For more information about our dental office make sure you check out our website.

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Facts you should know about Tooth Decay

by James Webster on August 8, 2017 , Comments Off on Facts you should know about Tooth Decay

When it comes to the health of your teeth you can trust the dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork to make sure you are getting the proper care. That is why we want you to be informed when it comes to oral health. That is why we gathered some facts about tooth decay that you should be aware of.

 

  • Tooth decay is an infectious process caused by acid-producing bacteria. Your risk for decay can be assessed with a simple test for specific bacterial activity.
  • Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
  • Tooth decay causes pain, suffering and disability for millions of Americans each year — even more disturbing, tooth decay is preventable.
  • Restricting sugar intake is important in preventing tooth decay. Your total sugar intake should be less than 50 grams a day (about ten teaspoons) including sugars in other foods.
  • If it is not treated, in extreme and rare cases tooth decay can cause death. Infection in an upper back tooth can spread to the sinus behind the eye, from which it can enter the brain and cause death.
  • Three factors are necessary for tooth decay to occur: susceptible teeth, acid producing bacteria and a diet rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates.
  • Fluoride incorporated into the tooth structure protects teeth against decay by making the enamel more resistant to acid attack.
  • Sealants — sealing the nooks and crannies in newly erupted teeth, stops bacterial collection where a toothbrush can’t reach. Teeth with sealants have been shown to remain 99 percent cavity-free over six years.

 

Knowing the facts about tooth decay can help you in preventing it. With proper oral care and regular checkups with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can be better prepared against tooth decay.

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How to Care for your Retainers

by James Webster on July 4, 2017 , Comments Off on How to Care for your Retainers

Congratulations! You have finally completed your orthodontic treatment with Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Now that you have the smile you have always dreamed of it is up to you to keep it looking beautiful. Now will come the time for you to take care of and regularly wear your retainers. To help you in caring for your retainers we have provided some tips below.

 

Take it out Before you Eat

This will be a habit that you have to get into in order to properly care for your retainers. They aren’t made to withstand some of the food that you will be needing to chew and swallow. Leaving your retainer in while eating can also cause a buildup of plaque resulting in cavities. Remember to always store your retainer in its case. Never just wrap it in a napkin, this leads to accidentally throwing it away.

 

Keep it Clean and then Store

Your retainer will need to be rinsed and cleaned regularly to remove any germs and plaque that might have built up during the day. You can use a regular toothbrush and toothpaste or soak your retainer in a glass of water with some baking soda. If you don’t have to wear a retainer very often (for example, you only wear it every other night), store it in a container with sufficient airflow so it doesn’t breed mold and bacteria.

 

Avoid Harsh Chemicals when Cleaning your Retainer

Water and toothpaste is more than sufficient when it comes to cleaning your retainer. Other cleaning options include baking soda, mild vinegar or denture tablets to the water when soaking your retainer. Avoid using bleach or alcohol-based mouthwash. These products can damage the plastic — and your mouth. Boiling your retainer is another serious no-no; it can warp the metal and melt the plastic.

 

Remove the Retainer while Brushing your Teeth

Never brush your teeth while wearing a retainer. You’ll miss large areas of your mouth, and the toothbrush may accidentally displace the retainer. Instead, brush and floss after you’ve removed your retainer, and then brush the retainer separately.

 

For more retainer care tips and tricks make sure you talk with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Make sure to schedule your follow-up appointments to keep your smile healthy and looking good.

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Signs you Might Have a Cavity

by James Webster on June 13, 2017 , Comments Off on Signs you Might Have a Cavity

Oral health is something we should always be keeping track of. If we sense anything out of the ordinary we should know what steps to take in order to make sure our oral health isn’t at risk. This is especially true when it comes to cavities. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT can help you when it comes to being prepared at the first sign of a cavity. Below are the signs that a cavity may be to blame for all of your oral pain.

 

Tooth Sensitivity

One particular sign of a cavity is sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It will usually occur in one particular area of the mouth and happens when you are only eating something extremely hot or cold. This could also happen when eating something extremely sweet as well. Any tooth sensitivity should be checked out by your dentist.

 

Holes in Teeth

As your cavity progresses you may actually get to a point where you are able to see a hole in your tooth. The decay the cavity causes in your tooth will create a hole eventually big enough to be seen by the naked eye. At this point you really need to see your dentist to get your cavity taken care of.

 

Toothache

You may have a cavity if you have had a mild or moderate toothache whenever you press down or bite down on a particular tooth. If this continues for a few days you will want to get it checked out.

 

Stains

Dark stains on your teeth that appear brown or black could be an indication of a cavity. At the same time it could also mean you need to slow down on the coffee/soda intake or else you are bound to get a cavity eventually.

 

X-Rays

This is the only true sign to tell if you have a cavity. A lot of the time cavities aren’t even detectable. That is why it is so important to keep your dental appointments every 6 months to make sure your oral health is at its best.

 

Cavities happen. But with good oral care and a regular visit to the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT you can prevent the attack of cavities and maintain your beautiful smile. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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